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Older Americans Act To Include Oral Healthcare If Amended

For the first time, federal funds for oral health screenings for older Americans will be made available if the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015 is enacted.  The bill was amended to include "oral health" as part of routine health screenings. The Older Americans Act provides funding to more 680 state and area agencies on aging and also supports a range of social and nutrition services and programs for nearly 12 million U.S. seniors.

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2015 Washington State Senior Games July 23 – 26, 2015

The Washington State Senior Games, now in its 19th year of running the largest Olympic-style multi-sport event in Washington, was held in July 2015 at various sites throughout the South Sound. Almost 2,000 participants took part in the next Washington State Senior Games. The Washington State Senior Games is an OPEN state and out-of-state participants are welcome. Now is the time to get off the couch and prepare for next year, so you can participate.

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Retired Women Are Twice As Poor As Retired Men: Report

Democrats in Congress often lament the fact that full-time working women in the United States earn 78 cents for every dollar men earn, but less attention is paid to the much wider and harder-hitting income gap for women in retirement. According to a report Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released Thursday, the average total income of women over age 65 is just 55 percent of older men's income, and those women are nearly twice as likely as men to live

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End-of-Life Planning Would Be Covered in Medicare Proposal

 Medicare may begin paying doctors to discuss end-of-life care with U.S. patients, under rules proposed Wednesday by the Obama administration. Doctors who see patients in Medicare, the insurance program for the elderly, would be reimbursed for having the complex and sensitive conversations needed to plan for the end of life. Talks may include outlining the sorts of medical treatments patients desire, or helping to fill out standard forms about how

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If 7 proposed projects are built, Northwest trains could carry 1M barrels of crude oil per day

Up to 1 million barrels of crude oil could move through the Northwest daily if all 15 proposed oil terminal projects are completed in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. That’s the conclusion of a just-completed update to a report by Seattle-based Sightline Institute, which has been monitoring the growth of oil train movements for some years. Rail oil terminals at BP and Phillips 66 refineries in Ferndale near Bellingham, the Tesoro Refinery

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WATCH PARTY for the WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE on AGING

You are invited to attend the Watch Party for the White House Conference on Aging at the Olympia Senior Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, on Monday, July 13th from 7am to 9:30am.  This event will give you the opportunity to have discussions with local seniors about issues that matter to them.  This event only happens once each decade, so come and be part of history! The Conferences have generated ideas and momentum prompting improvements in many

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Projects across Mid-Columbia funded in transportation package

More than $100 million in Mid-Columbia projects are in the $16 billion transportation bill passed by the state House and Senate.  The package includes an 11.9-cent gas tax increase that would be phased in over two years. Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/07/01/3633720_lewis-street-bridge-gets-state.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy  

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Initiative to protect animals collects enough signatures

SEATTLE — Supporters of an initiative to help protect endangered animals that are being poached or exploited say they’ve collected enough signatures to get their proposal on the November ballot. The Initiative 1401 Campaign held a press conference at the Seattle Aquarium on Wednesday to announce that they are turning in 348,627 signatures to the state Elections Office. That’s 100,000 more than they needed to qualify for the ballot.   http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20150701/NEWS03/150709900/Initiative-to-protect-animals-collects-enough-signatures

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Poplars’ potential: Rathdrum Prairie grove part of study on cellulose-based biofuel

Seventy acres of poplars on the Rathdrum Prairie rustled in a hot, summer breeze, flashing silvery-green leaves. Someday, cars and trucks could be running on fuel made from the trees. A $40 million research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is studying poplars’ potential to produce cellulose-based biofuels. The grove north of Hayden is one of four test plots in the five-year project, which is being led by University of Washington

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Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature

WEDNESDAY 1, JULY 2015  Washington is one House vote away from beginning to search for a potential manufacturing site for small modular reactors. That site will likely be at Hanford just north of Richland. The measure appears headed to approval, although it’s currently stalled by larger legislative posturing. Democratic and Republican leaders made a complicated series of deals to get their main state budget passed, along with their transportation

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Pollution May Age the Brain

Exposure to air pollution may hasten brain aging, a new study has found. Researchers studied 1,403 women without dementia who were initially enrolled in a large health study from 1996 to 1998. They measured their brain volume with M.R.I. scans in 2005 and 2006, when the women were 71 to 89 years old. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/22/pollution-may-age-the-brain/?&moduleDetail=section-news-1&action=click&contentCollection=Health®ion=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&configSection=article&isLoggedIn=true&pgtype=article

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At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence

Almost two million people over age 65, or nearly 6 percent of those Americans (excluding nursing home residents), rarely or never leave their homes, researchers recently reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The homebound far outnumber the 1.4 million residents of nursing homes. Using data from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study, the study authors defined as homebound those who in the past month had not left their homes at all or had gone

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For the Love of Animals By J. PEDER ZANEMAY 13, 2015

Retirement remains a time when many Americans move away from things they have to paint, feed or nurture. Only 41 percent of Americans 65 and older live in households with pets, compared with 68 percent of those 45 to 54 and 76 percent of 18- to 24-year olds, according to a 2014 survey by Mintel, a market research agency.  The golden years may have less bark, bite and meow, but in the last decade new scientific studies, evolving attitudes about pets

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Advocacy Tools for FY 2016 OAA Appropriations

Dennis Mahar and Cathy Knight, W4A, attended the National (N4A) Conference held in Washington, DC.  Please click on the links below to help renew The Older Americans Act (OAA). Advocacy Tools for FY 2016 OAA Appropriations Join our efforts to increase funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) and other federal programs that support older adults and their caregivers! These materials will assist your grassroots efforts to secure these increases. n4a’s

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Washington is odd state out on a capital-gains tax

By Laurie Jinkins Our tax system hurts middle-class and low-income families while the wealthiest reap record gains on Wall Street. “THE U.S. economy has recovered,” the news media tell us.The signs are everywhere: The stock market is up, business is booming, unemployment is down and corporate profits are through the roof. But if you look beneath the shiny exterior you see a different story. Families are working harder and harder but not seeing

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New PASS IT ON campaign

The Federal Trade Commission works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.  Their new campaign is Pass It On.  The goal of the Pass It On campaign is to empower older adults to share information about fraud and scams with their family and peers.   http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/feature-0030-pass-it-on

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PBS NewsHour report On Easing Burden For Caregivers

For the 42 million Americans who take care of loved ones at home, the responsibilities of care -- once the purview of trained nurses -- have become increasingly complex. AARP has begun to advocate for greater caregiver support through public policy and legislation, but the health care industry may be wary of additional regulation. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/advocating-care-home-caregivers/ Two

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Understanding Washington State Taxes

To help you evaluate fiscal issues in our state, review the excellent guides listed below, prepared by the Washington State Senate's non-partisan staff. "A Citizen's Guide to Washington State Budget" "A Legislative Guide to Washington State Property Taxes" "A Citizen's Guide to Washington State K-12 Finance" "Legislative Guide to Washington State's Tax Structure"    

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Reforming Ferguson-style “debtors’ prisons” here in Washington State

The most shocking news out of Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown wasn’t about police violence or racism. It was the way Ferguson and neighboring cities balanced their budgets by operating what are widely called “modern-day debtors’ prisons.” Courts there routinely jailed poor people for failing to pay traffic tickets and other minor infractions, then charged them a never-ending series of court fees and jail costs,

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Keep Patients Healthy, and Doctors Sane

Obamacare has ripped the invisibility cloak off millions of people who ignored signs of deteriorating health until the consequences were irreversible. But, in case you haven’t been listening to talk radio, Obamacare is not perfect. Small communities such as mine must cope with thousands of patients who need specialty care at Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement rates. Many doctors are straining to treat urgent and expensive problems while paying

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